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- Posted on Jan 19th 2010 12:30PM by Emily Tan
"Yele's books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of heath by an external auditor every year since we started," Jean said in a press conference on Monday. "On the books, it looks as though there was benefit, but there was not. It was done with the intent to do anything other than efficient."
As Spinner previously reported, the Smoking Gun published reports last week questioning the charity's finances. According to the site, Jean and his partner were paid for various administrative and production expenses. While Yele Haiti has so far raised over $2 million since the 7.0 earthquake that hit the country last week, Jean's fundraising efforts may be threatened because of the allegations.
"The Haitian on the ground of course are going to suffering, frustrated, violent," Jean said while fighting back tears. "I tell them I do not cry for myself that I cry for them."
However, the heated debate isn't stopping Jean from moving forward with his plans to help. He has called for an "exodus" from the capital city and asked for assistance in constructing massive tent communities to serve as a refuge for earthquake victims. "We need to migrate at least two million people in different parts outside of Port-au-Prince," he said. "And I give you my word. If I tell them to go, they will go. But they need somewhere to go to." Check out the video of the press conference below.